Andean condors soar on 10-foot wings

Colca Canyon is a famous place to see these highly endangered birds, who patrol this deep and rugged canyon in search of carrion.

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Arequipa and Colca Canyon Extension

Colonial Splendor and Natural Wonders

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $995  
Length: 4 days
Arrive: Lima, Peru
Depart: Cusco or Lima, Peru
Lodging: 3 nights in hotels or lodges
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Cultural explorations and walking tours

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Peru. A tourist card will be issued to you on the flight to Lima.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

Take in the colonial splendor of Arequipa, set on the edge of the Andes and surrounded by spectacular mountains, including snow-capped El Misti, a 19,000-foot volcano that makes a striking backdrop for the city. Explore the city’s harmonious and beautifully preserved colonial center of white stone architecture, recently listed as a World Heritage Site, then head out into the countryside to enjoy the grandeur of massive Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world, flanked by glaciers and volcanoes. The canyon’s walls preserve some of the finest Inca terracing in Peru and shelter traditional Indian villages. Here you may spot Andean condors circling up from the canyon depths.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Lima / Arequipa

Fly from Lima to Arequipa, known as the "White City" for its colonial architecture of white volcanic stone. Enjoy a half-day tour, including the Santa Catalina convent, a 400–year-old nunnery that is the main architectural monument of the city, the Compañía Church, and the traditional districts of Cayma and Yanahuara. Overnight at hotel in Arequipa...B

Day 2
Colca Canyon

Head into the mountains to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world, with views en route of snow-capped volcanoes as you cross a 16,000-foot pass. We arrive in Chivay in time for lunch and a chance to enjoy the thermal baths at Calera, set amid remarkable Inca and pre-Inca terraces. We continue to Colca Canyon for overnight...BLD

Day 3

Visit Cruz of the Condor, a strategic point for viewing the canyon and its spectacular condors in flight. On our return drive to Arequipa, we visit lovely colonial villages with attractive colonial architecture and churches, including Coporaque, which has the oldest temple in the valley and is still in use. Overnight at hotel in Arequipa...BL

Day 4
Cusco or Lima

Transfer to the airport for your departing flight...B

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2016
$995 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler from: $1685
Single supplement: $335
Internal airfare: $175 (subject to change)
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations in Arequipa and Colca
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of local guides
  • Sightseeing as listed above

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, additional hotel nights in Lima, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

Hotel Libertador Arequipa

Hotel Libertador Arequipa

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 3 (1 night), Arequipa, Peru

Built in 1940 in Spanish colonial style, the Libertador is located in Selva Alegre, the city’s largest park, and offers sweeping views of the ...
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Colca Lodge

Colca Lodge

Day 2 (1 night), Colca Canyon, Peru

Colca Lodge, set at 10,000 feet on the edge of the roaring Colca River, has rustic charm and wonderful mountain views. The lodge has welcoming ...
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Las Casitas del Colca

Las Casitas del Colca (Optional Upgrade)

Day 2 (1 night), Colca Canyon, Peru

An Orient-Express property in remote Colca Canyon, Las Casitas del Colca has 20 individual casitas with fireplaces, indoor and outdoor showers, ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.